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Charkhi Dadri, Haryana

September 19, 2023 to September 19, 2024

Ramdhan was born on 25 March 1913, in the village of Rasiwas in the Charkhi Dadri district. His father, Sardara Ram, worked as an ordinary farmer. At the age of 18, on 25 March 1931, he joined the British Army. During World War II, while serving with his regiment in Singapore, he had a significant encounter. Rashbehari Bose distributed pamphlets, encouraging them to surrender to the Japanese, with the promise of eventual freedom and collective efforts to free their country. Consequently, he and other Indian soldiers surrendered and were imprisoned by the Japanese. During their time in captivity, they endured severe torture. Rashbehari Bose met General Tojo of the Japanese army, securing their release and establishing the Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) in Singapore. Ramdhan subsequently joined the INA voluntarily.

In 1942, Ramdhan became a member of the Azad Hind Fauj and participated in battles across Malaysia, Kohima and Singapore. He served in the Malaya campaign from 7 March 1941 to 8 January 1946, as well as in the North-West Frontier of India in 1933. He received several war service medals, including the IGS medal with clasp (NWF 1936-37), Africa Star, 1939-45 Star, Defense Medal, and War Medal. During his military service, he acquired proficiency in Roman Urdu.On 10 April 1946, he returned to his native village. He was married to Suraj Kaur.

Ramdhan passed away on 10 April 1968.

Freedom fighter ID card issued by district administration in 1986.

Source:  Prakash Sangwan, Contributor for CCRT